November 2020 Newsletter

[OW2 Newsletter - November 2020 - From the OW2 Management Office]

Dear OW2 Members, dear All,

It may be that SaaS is growing the fastest and software as a product is no longer driving the software industry. However it doesn’t mean open source is disappearing. By an evolution stemming from the industry’s need to maximize its profits SaaS vendors require constant access to a reservoir of state-of-the-art, and de facto standard, open source components.

Initiated by developers applying the best practices of academic research to software development with the aim of creating commons beneficial to all, open source software is growing to gradually become an economic institution driven by profit-making corporations incapable of integrating emotions and consciousness. As open source becomes an abstract system at the expense of the individuality and humanity of the early days, we believe it is within the remit of non-profit community organisations such as OW2 to nurture these values.

On another note, although due to the pandemic we regrettably had to postpone the OW2con Community Day, we are delighted to announce and celebrate the winners of our 2020 OW2 Best Project Awards. Congratulations to Knowage for the Technology Award, Lutece for the Community Award and MELODIC for the Market Award.

Thanking you for your on-going support, stay safe!

Cedric Thomas


PS: Project leaders: Please use your project dashboard to publish your updates. Your news will appear on our Project Marketplace home page and in this newsletter.

Project News

Project Updates

  • XWiki: 11.10.1 maintenance release is a bugfix release whereas 12.9 includes improvements pursuing the focus on usability. More.
  • GLPI: version 9.5.2 brings security fixes. Update is strongly recommended! A new plugin allowing to create an oauth connection to Microsoft and Google mail servers was also released. More.
  • Rocket.Chat: a maintenance release was published for version 3.7 and first release candidates were published for version 3.8. More.
  • FusionDirectory: gave a presentation at the French event Identity Days 2020 about how Télécom SudParis has modernized their identity management solution. More.
  • LDAP Tool Box: brings OpenLDAP 2.4.54 packages for RHEL, CentOS, Ubuntu and Debian. More.
  • DeviceFarmer: released version 3.5.0 including Android 11 and .aab installation support. More.
  • Sympa: version 6.2.58 was released with some improvements for a better user experience. More.
  • Jeka: a new milestone version toward 0.9.0 was released. More.

Project of the month

Knowage is the Open Source Suite for any modern Business Analytics. A natural evolution of the well known SpagoBI, Knowage is the new generation of open source analytical solution, based on open standards and with a modular offering. More.


Community News

OW2con'20 Best Project Awards

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the OW2con'20 Best Project Awards. Congratulations to LUTECE (Community Award), MELODIC (Market Award) and Knowage (Technology Award) teams! More.

SFScon, November 13-14, Bolzano (real life and virtual)

SFScon will finally take place in blended mode. The OW2 track includes four talks: three projects presentations (FASTEN, DECODER and Knowage), plus an OW2 introduction of open source projects market readiness levels index. More.

Beta-testing services for OW2 projects

Do you have a new software ready for beta-testing? Leverage the ReachOut platform, engage with the community, reward your beta testers and collect external feedback. Register your campaign now! More.

GitLab update

The OW2 GitLab has been udpated to version 13.5. It brings a new set of features including the capability, using CI, to attach binary assets to releases.

OW2 Good Governance initiative

Check out the newly opened OSS Good Governance Resource Center. Work in progress! You are welcome to contribute and share content, best practices and experiences. More.

In our Research Projects

Victoria Torres (UPV) explains in this podcast how the whole DevOps team will benefit from the DECODER smart environment. More.


FASTEN will present its innovative dependency management tool at SFScon on Friday November 13, at 17h40. More.

OW2 Community Notices


The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be held on Thursday December 17, at 9:30am CEST.



FOSDEM 2021, February 6-7, Online

FOSDEM 2021 will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 February 2021 as an online event. We have applied for a Devroom on Dependency Management. More information soon.

FOSS Backstage, February 10-11, Online

FOSS Backstage 2021 will take place on February 10-11, and offer two days of discussions about everything related to governance, collaboration, legal and economics within the scope of FOSS. We have submitted a talk.

17th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS Conference), May 12-13, Lahti, Finland

OW2 has been invited to chair the session "Industry Day" at the 2021 OSS Conference. More details soon.


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